Bone Grafting

Major & Minor Bone Grafting

Missing teeth over a period of time can cause your jaw bone to atrophy, or resorb. This often results in poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for the placement of dental implants as well as long term shifting of remaining teeth and changes to facial structure. Most patients, in these situations, are not candidates for dental implants.

Fortunately, today we have the ability to grow bone where it is needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, but it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.

Major Bone Grafting

Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease, or injuries. The bone is either obtained from a tissue bank or your own bone is taken from the jaw, hip or tibia (below the knee). Sinus bone grafts are also performed to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw. In addition, special membranes may be utilized that dissolve under the gum to protect the bone graft, as well as encourage bone regeneration. This is called guided bone regeneration, or guided tissue regeneration.

Major bone grafts are typically performed to repair defects of the jaws. These defects may arise as a result of traumatic injuries, tumor surgery, or congenital defects. Large defects are repaired using the patient’s own bone. This bone is harvested from a number of different areas depending on the size needed. The skull (cranium), hip (iliac crest), and lateral knee (tibia), are common donor sites. These procedures are routinely performed in an operating room and require a hospital stay.

Cortland Oral Surgery

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Having a tooth pulled is bad enough but I had just the root to be pulled.. little scary..ok alot scary but, this was the best experience ever...everyone was very nice.Thank you very much for having so much compassion.

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I had a wisdom tooth extracted, process was quick and easy for me. Staff was great and the process went well. Very satisfied with the care I received.

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For an extraction that no one wants to go through, Dr. S was very kind and quick in getting the procedure done.

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The staff were are all extremely nice and helpful. Dr. SanGiacomo did great work and I would return in the future if I ever have a need. It was a pleasant experience for having a tooth pulled.

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Easy to talk to, very personable.

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Very professional, friendly staff and Dr. S makes conversation that helped make the process calm. You get an instruction booklet for after the process that is very helpful.

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The oral surgeon is WONDERFUL, very caring, and will do what it takes to make everything right for you.

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The staff is super nice and knowledgeable. The doctor is very efficient, the whole extraction took less than 30 minutes. I am very pleased with the service and the care I received.

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Difficult extraction was painless.

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Excellent staff. Procedure was VERY fast and efficient.

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As one might expect I went into the implant process anxious about the amount of discomfort and pain that would be involved. This was from the drilling of the jawbone to the recuperation afterward. Now the following day I realize the anxiety was completely unfounded. Dr SanGiocomo's surgical process was efficient and completely without discomfort. He explained what he was going to do and it unfolded as he had felt it would. Returning home, once the novocaine wore off, I anticipated at least a few hours of discomfort mollified by doses of Ibuprofen. That negative anticipation was unwarranted as well. There was no post surgery discomfort at all. Seriously! By the end of the day I was ready to send Dr SanGiocomo and his assistants a box of chocolates, but I didn't want them to worry about cavities.

- Rick R

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Extraction was not as bad as I feared! Whole visit very efficient.

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